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sheckski
02-07-2012, 02:46 PM
How do i get off the upholstered side bolsters on my 2000 205v? i can see the bolts but can not even begin to imagine reaching behind the fiberglass to get to the nuts. Am i missing something? How about teh bow bolster where there is no rear access whatsoever?

O2BESOHUGE
02-07-2012, 03:00 PM
Youare Going To Have To Get Back There With Your Arm And A Small Wrench...mine Was A 7/16 And Take The Nuts Off The Posts. ITS A BIG PAIN IN THE ARSE!!

As Far As The Bow Cushions, If Those Are Like Mine They Have Plastic "christmas Tree" Clips. They Just Pull Out.
THE CLIPS LOOK LIKE THIS IF THIS IS WHAT YOU HAVE....
http://www.perfectfit.com/15290/714925/Trim-Clips--Auto-Fasteners/Nylon-Double-Clip.html

BHT
02-07-2012, 03:43 PM
I gave up last summer trying to do the same thing. The passenger side seemed impossible to get my arm in there for the forward bolt. I was even more concerned about getting the nut started on reassembly.

sheckski
02-09-2012, 10:04 AM
sounds like a party.Can't wait......

BrooksfamX2
02-09-2012, 10:22 AM
I have a small Skil battery powered 1/4" drive ratchet that works great for this kinda thing. If you can get the socket on the nut then you just pull the trigger and off/on it goes..............I got mine on sale at a local hardware store for $25. This thing works great for light duty wratcheting.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Skil-7-2-Volt-1-4-Power-Wrench-Cordless-FO12237200-LR39098-BOSCH-RATCHET-TOOL-/150752487953?pt=Motors_Automotive_Tools&vxp=mtr&hash=item23198c6a11

http://www.amazon.com/Skil-2372-01-7-2-Volt-Lithium-Ion-Wrench/dp/B000P7MAGU/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1328797666&sr=8-2

Tomi
02-09-2012, 11:55 AM
In my 03 PS190 the front nut was accessible from front behind the passenger seat and rearmost nut from ski locker. Ratchet wrench worked the best. Still get bunch of cuts and fiberglass stings to your hands but at least all nuts were relatively easily accessible.

sheckski
02-10-2012, 11:24 AM
Thanks for the tip. That was actually my plan but I am still confused as to how to get access. In the bow I am thinking maybe through the speaker ports? For the starboard rear side panel i just have zero idea. I will start working on it this weekend but I am bracing for a full day of frustration.

BHT
02-10-2012, 02:21 PM
Hope you have success, please keep us posted.

swatguy
02-12-2012, 01:25 AM
The fronts come off by removing the center first. There are 2 nuts at the bottom and then u just pull up ans out. They are like plastic push pins on the top. Just pull evenly.

To get sides u need to remove speakers.

For the rear sides. You come up from underneath the storage wall from the floor under the cushions. There is just enough space to get an arm up there from the elbow up while resting your elbow on the floor. Its a pain and u need to contort to get your arm up in there. You also need to reach in from the side storage compartments in the rear ti get the last 2 in the corner. The one in the drivers side is the one that will give you the trouble. The gas line goes straight over where that last corner screw is. I was able to use a regular socket wrench and an open wrench for everything on my 2000 X star. I just removed everything last spring to have it reupholstered.

To re install it I just took the nut off all the studs. The tightened all the studs and it it in place. Just aging took some contorting. That passenger side side panel has a few more screws in it than u would think. Arggggh.

sheckski
02-12-2012, 02:18 PM
Basically had to pull the boat apart. All sorts of stuff in the way. Air intake hoses, heater hoses, drivers bulkhead, Etc. My arm would not fit through the speaker holes and the center hole in the bow. That job had to go to my 14 year old son. The gas line was definitely in the way for the starboard side. i purchased an electric socket driver but did not use it. Small is the key here. i used a 1/4" drive 7/8" socket and a ratcheted closed end wrench.

Important to know is that in the bow there are two hangers on top of each side and the front piece. Basically means there are 6 less bolts which is a great thing. What i can not figure out is why this could not be done on the rear sides and or additional screw replacements on the front cushions. i will post some pics for the benefit of the next guy.

I am now shipping my cushions off to get them recovered with the new 2012 Mastercraft fabric. Psyched. I am also going to turn my electric powered single hatch into a three way hatch. I think that will significantly increase the ease of use. Will post completed picks when done.

BHT
03-22-2012, 06:52 PM
Any chance can you update us and post a few pics of your removal technique?

BrianT
03-22-2012, 07:57 PM
Basically had to pull the boat apart. All sorts of stuff in the way. Air intake hoses, heater hoses, drivers bulkhead, Etc. My arm would not fit through the speaker holes and the center hole in the bow. That job had to go to my 14 year old son. The gas line was definitely in the way for the starboard side. i purchased an electric socket driver but did not use it. Small is the key here. i used a 1/4" drive 7/8" socket and a ratcheted closed end wrench.

Important to know is that in the bow there are two hangers on top of each side and the front piece. Basically means there are 6 less bolts which is a great thing. What i can not figure out is why this could not be done on the rear sides and or additional screw replacements on the front cushions. i will post some pics for the benefit of the next guy.

I am now shipping my cushions off to get them recovered with the new 2012 Mastercraft fabric. Psyched. I am also going to turn my electric powered single hatch into a three way hatch. I think that will significantly increase the ease of use. Will post completed picks when done.

Any chance of showing us the 3 piece hatch?

sheckski
03-23-2012, 08:33 AM
Sorry about that. I posted the pics on another thread. The three piece hatch is still in process so I can not post yet. You can see an earlier job though on the viper facebook page at this link http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.500645459157.278811.195507769157&type=1 .

I will post pics of boat with cushions removed later today.

sheckski
03-23-2012, 11:07 AM
These pics show the boat with the cushions removed. Just follow the holes in the fiberglass to understand where you will find bolts/nuts. On the very forward piece it has Christmas tree fasteners. Pull HARD from the bottom and then lift off of the top hangers.

sheckski
04-24-2012, 10:09 AM
Finally have some completed cushions. Used all Mastercraft fabrics. carbon fiber white, silvertex taupe and silvertex black. the silvertex has a canvas like feel to it, the carbon fiber a very tough, almost slippery feel. together they feel very solid and 'premium". Still waiting for all pannels and new 3 way rear deck pieces. expect i will be installing next weekend and will post finished pics ( boat is also compounded and waxed - should look great although still dated with gen 1 tower ).

Stritt
04-24-2012, 10:23 AM
They look great!

BrianT
04-24-2012, 01:06 PM
Looking forward to the final install pictures!

Jeff d
04-24-2012, 03:17 PM
Whoa! That's really nice. How much does an interior job like that cost? About 1/2 of my cushions need to be recovered. I might do the whole thing if I could have it look more modern than that.

Jeff d
04-24-2012, 03:18 PM
BTW finding stuff like this on my boat pisses me off:
http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/attachment.php?attachmentid=76696&stc=1&d=1332510280

On a premium boat you'd think they'd make a somewhat presentable speaker hole instead of being sloppy because it will be hidden. I find the same kind of crappy workmanship "behind the scenes" on my boat all of the time. If it was a Moomba I'd be ok with it but MasterCraft should be better IMHO.

sheckski
04-24-2012, 03:26 PM
Actually that speaker hole was my work. It did not line up perfectly with the panel cut out and was hitting the rear of the speakers when i installed wet tunes. It was extreamly hard to widen in a smooth way because any hole cutter ( including mine ) uses a center pivot point which by definition was already gone. As i result i had to free hand.

Regarding cost, please contact Jim Jackson at viper customs 865 381 1235 . They were extreamly reasonable with me.

Jeff d
04-24-2012, 03:52 PM
Actually that speaker hole was my work...

Oh, sorry. That is how my factory holes behind my dash and what not look though.

Tomi
04-25-2012, 08:56 AM
Easy way to use a hole saw to make bigger hole to the same location where old one has been, is to slide a piece of wood to the hole and then screw it into place near the edges of the old hole. That will allow your saw to cut nicely.